This year, the IME once again presents its study, unique in scale and profundity, of the current socioeconomic state development of Bulgaria's districts. The District's profiles are based on a larger number of indicators: 63, grouped in 12 categories. The categories, on their part, fall into two big sections: Economic Development and Social Development. This has been done for the firs time and the autors believe it has helped improve the structure and organisation of the districts''profiles.
Both positive and negative characteristics regarding various aspects of the districts'socioeconomic state - excluding the cluster of Sofia (capital city) - have been noted for all types of profiles. Sofia is the only district with a generally favourable socioeconomic profile. The range of profiles featuring a poor socioeconomic state remains larger than the ones featuring a relatively good state.